What is Macaulay Culkin’s Net Worth, and How Much Did He Make From ‘My Girl’?

During the 90s, Macaulay Culkin was a household name. As a child, he starred in some of the most popular films of that decade. One of them, My Girlwas added to Netflix’s catalog in early August 2021, so you can go check it out now. With so many blockbusters, Culkin made a fortune before he was even a teenager. At his career’s height, he was one of the richest and most powerful people in Hollywood — except, he didn’t find out exactly how much money he had until he was 18. Let’s take a quick look at Macaulay Culkin’s career, how much he made from it, and the shocking way he found out his net worth.

Macaulay Culkin retired as a child actor at age 14

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Macaulay Culkin, co-founder of lifestyle media Bunny Ears, is the honorary bell ringers of the Nasdaq Closing Bell from the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. | Kimberly White/ Getty Images for Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Culkin started his foray into acting back in the early ’80s when he was only 4, appearing on the theater stage and small straight-to-TV movies. However, he’d get the role of a lifetime in 1990, when he snagged the part of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone. His career blew up, and he’d host Saturday Night Live a year later. Then he played a small part in one of Michael Jackson’s videos, sparking a friendship that would last for years but also draw a lot of criticism.

He starred alongside another child actor, Anna Chlumsky, for the next big hit that was My Girl in 1991. Then in 1992, Culkin reprised his role as Kevin for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. After that, the next few films didn’t do as well as he hoped. Though for many, Richie Rich and The Pagemaster are considered classics, even if they didn’t reach the levels of a Home Alone. 

Culkin retired at the ripe old age of 14 to live a normal life and attend high school. He’s made a few attempts at returning to acting, but for the most part, he keeps out of the limelight as much as he can.

What is Macaulay Culkin’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Macaulay Culkin’s net worth currently sits around $18 million. Looking over his career, it’s interesting to see how he got there. In his first Home Alone movie, he was only paid around $100,000 for a movie that would gross half a billion dollars. That’s how he was able to command $1 million and $4.5 million for My Girl and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, respectively.

While he only got $1.5 million for his role in the darker The Good Son, he was paid a whopping $8 million for the movies Richie Rich and Getting Even with Dad. Combined with other movies like The Pagemaster, Culkin had a nice nest egg before retiring.

Macaulay Culkin didn’t know his net worth until he was 18

Child actors often aren’t privy to their finances until they become an adult. As such, Culkin didn’t find out about his fortunes until he was 18 years old. Throwbacks recounts him revealing this info to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show back in 2018. In it, this is what he said to Ellen when she asked him how he found out:

“I didn’t see it until I turned 18, I call it the ‘Slip of Paper’ meeting, where they pretty much put a number on a piece of paper and slide it across the table and then boom, there you go. So I felt like some kid worked really, really hard, and I inherited all of his money pretty much. I had kind of no real sense, but at the same time it allows me to treat everything like a hobby really. I do nothing for my dinner nowadays, so I can do all kinds of projects.”

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